The self we made and think we are is part of the ego’s foundation. Examining the concept of “the self we made and we believe we are” and its foundational components, the atheist and the martyr, can bring this insane thought system and its hidden beliefs to light. The Holy Spirit can then use this exposure to persuade us, with reasoning, that the self we made is not real and we are not it. Such instruction will be provided for us if we are open and when we are ready.

As we continue with our series…

Everyone makes an ego or a self for himself, which is subject to enormous variation because of its instability.” (T-4.II.2:1)

Since the self and the ego are interchangeable, looking at what is said about the ego can be helpful in understanding the self we made and its atheist and martyr components. I am adding my name to the description of the ego because this demonstrates that anytime I am participating in the illusion as Tim, I am not divorced from what the Course describes as attributes of the ego and the self I made which I have labeled Tim. Let me be honest with myself about what Tim is and everything I accept as true when I make Tim real, when I identify as him. Feel free to replace my name with yours.

The ego (the self, Tim) is a wrong-minded attempt to perceive yourself as you wish to be, rather than as you are.” (T-3.IV.2:3)

The ego (the self, Tim) is a contradiction. Your self (ego, Tim) and God’s Self are in opposition. They are opposed in source, in direction and in outcome. They are fundamentally irreconcilable, because spirit (the Self) cannot perceive and the ego (the self, Tim) cannot know.” (T-4.I.2:8-11)

The ego (the self, Tim) is the choice for guilt; the Holy Spirit the choice for guiltlessness.” (T-14.III.4:2)

For the ego (the self, Tim) is chaos, and if it were all of you, no order at all would be possible.” (T-14.X.5:6)

The body is the symbol of the ego (the self, Tim), as the ego (the self, Tim) is the symbol of the separation. And both are nothing more than attempts to limit communication, and thereby to make it impossible.” (T-15.IX.2:3-5)

You recognize, at least in general terms, that the ego (the self, Tim) is insane.” (T-17.IV.6:2)

All that the ego (the self, Tim) is, is an idea that it is possible that things could happen to the Son of God without his will; and thus without the Will of his Creator, Whose Will cannot be separate from his own.” (T-21.II.6:4-5)

Surely you realize the ego (the self, Tim) is at war with God.” (T-23.I.1:7)

Yet the ego (the self, Tim) is the only alternative to the Holy Spirit’s Voice.” (W-66.9:8)

You may not realize that the ego (the self, Tim) has set up a plan for salvation in opposition to God’s. It is this plan in which you believe. Since it is the opposite of God’s, you also believe that to accept God’s plan in place of the ego’s (the self’s, Tim’s) is to be damned. This sounds preposterous, of course. Yet after we have considered just what the ego’s (the self’s, Tim’s) plan is, perhaps you will realize that, however preposterous it may be, you do believe in it.” (W-71.1:1-5)

The ego’s (the self’s, Tim’s) plan for salvation centers around holding grievances. It maintains that, if someone else spoke or acted differently, if some external circumstance or event were changed, you would be saved. Thus, the source of salvation is constantly perceived as outside yourself.” (W-71.2:1-3)

The ego’s (the self’s, Tim’s) fundamental wish is to replace God.” (W-72.2:1-2)

The ego (the self, Tim) is insane.” (W-pII.12.2:1)

My identification as the self I made, Tim, has me and everyone else in hell.

Next time – The Atheist Martyr Construct 4